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Eso Won's Selections for Black History Month

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Since February is Black History month, we asked our friends at Eso Won Books in Leimert Park to recommend ten history books that would provide a balanced overview of black history, filling in any gaps in the American educational system. Included are a number of books that specifically focus on the history of African-Americans in Los Angeles.

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Before the Mayflower Lerone Bennett

"The black experience in America--starting from its origins in western Africa up to the present day--is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent scholarship on the geographic, social, economic, and cultural journeys of African Americans, together with vivid portraits of key black leaders, complete this comprehensive reference."

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On Lynchings by Ida B. Wells Barnett

"When she was 23, Ida B. Wells-Barnett launched a crusade against lynching, which became the focus of her long, courageous life. In a series of pamphlets she created a damning indictment of unpunished crimes that was difficult to contest since southern white men who had witnessed the appalling incidents had written the descriptions. This volume contains three of her most influential pamphlets on lynching."

More recommendations after the jump